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Freshman Catherine Leduc and the Gaels wrap up regular season play this weekend at San Diego
Freshman Catherine Leduc and the Gaels wrap up regular season play this weekend at San Diego
WTEN | Gaels Set For Important WCC Showdown Against USD
Release: Wednesday 04/18/2012 
by SMC Athletics
MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's tennis team concludes the regular season this weekend with a crucial West Coast Conference matchup on the road against No. 68 San Diego.

The Gaels and Toreros will square off on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hogan Tennis Center.

Each team is 6-1 in WCC play this season and the winner of Saturday's match will receive the No. 2 seed in the WCC Championships next weekend. Pepperdine has locked up the No. 1 seed with a perfect 7-0-conference record. Should the Waves lose to BYU in their final regular season match on Saturday, Pepperdine will still earn the No. 1 seed after defeating both the Gaels and Toreros earlier this season.

No. 42 Saint Mary's enters Saturday's match with a 13-6 overall record and a 6-1 mark in WCC action after defeating Santa Clara on Sunday in the Gaels' final home match of the season. The two Saint Mary's seniors, Anna Chkhikvishvili and Molly Aloia, were honored before the match, while junior Catherine Isip highlighted the day on the courts with an upset win over the Broncos' No. 41-ranked Katie Le.

No. 91 Jenny Jullien continues to lead the Gaels with a 15-3 singles record this spring, while Isip jumped back into the ITA singles poll at No. 105 after her upset win last week. Chkhikvishvili is 14-4 this season and has won her last nine straight matches, including going a perfect 7-0 against WCC opponents. In doubles play, Isip and Chkhikvishvili have played the last eight matches together at the No. 2 spot and have gone 7-1 this season, while Jullien and Jade Frampton have teamed up to win seven of their last 10 matches playing mostly on court one.

After a slow start to the season against a number of ranked opponents, No. 68 San Diego has come on strong as of late and enters the match with a 10-8 overall record and a 6-1 mark in conference play. The Toreros have won nine of their last 11 matches, with their only losses during that time to No. 35 Pepperdine (7-0) and UC Irvine (4-3).

No. 112 Anna Depenau leads San Diego this season with a 13-4 record playing at the three and four spots, while Juliette Coupez and Maja Sujica have 12-5 records this spring.

The Gaels are 5-7 all-time against the Toreros, but SMC has won the last five matches against USD dating back to 2007.

Saint Mary's will return to San Diego next weekend for the West Coast Conference Tennis Championships on April 25 at the Barnes Tennis Center.